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gaba

Functions Brain Rhythm: Chief inhibitory neurotransmitter Promotes relaxation: anti-anxiety, anti-convulsive Food habits and Weight Management Controls inhibition and balances other excitory hormones and neurotransmitters Controls ability to handle stress and impulses– low GABA leads to nervous tension and instinctive search for comfort and solace in food choices to resolve anxiety and poor impulse and portion … Continue reading

acetylcholine

Functions Brain Speed: Cognition, Learning, Writing Controls brain speed; Memory and Hippocampus function; Creativity; Writing Promotes epinephrine and norepinephrine release Activates muscles / used in muscular contraction Food habits and Weight Management Controls memory and attention – low acetylcholine leads to confusion, poor food choices and eating fatty foods Controls lubrication and insulation – for … Continue reading

serotonin

Functions Brain Synchrony: Mood and anger regulation Temperature regulation: affects Thyroid and metabolism Sleep regulation: converted to melatonin Appetite: carbohydrate stimulates production, present in Gastro Intestinal (GI) tract and affects GI motility Pain modulation Vasoconstriction Food habits and Weight Management Controls rhythm and tiredness – via conversion to melatonin and leads to proper rest and recuperation … Continue reading

dopamine

Functions Affects Limbic system: reward, pleasure, motivation Protects against autoimmunity: works with immune system and thyroid in particular Affects Thyroid and regulates heart rate and blood pressure Affects adrenal function, kidneys and T-cells Affects Brain Power, Motor co-ordination, Cognition and learning Dopamine dampens glutamate activity leading to enhanced memory and learning Food habits and Weight Management … Continue reading

essential amino acids

Arginine Used for Wound healing, detoxification reactions and immune function Promoting hormone secretion (e.g. insulin, growth hormone) Synthesizing creatine Plays central role in formation of Nitric Oxide Needed: During periods of growth (eg pregancy, childhood and muscle building training) and stress When protein intake in high (to break down nitrogen in amino acids) Prevents hypoammonemia … Continue reading

non and conditionally essential amino acids

Alanine Converts glucose to energy Removes toxins / supports liver detoxification Helps regulate nitrogen / glucose balance in body Asparagine Helps body get rid of ammonia Aspartic Acid Required for neurotransmitters Cysteine Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant Methyl donor in many body processes, including detoxification and converting homocysteine to methionine (homocysteine involved in inflammation in the body, … Continue reading

diabetes type 3

A report by John Hopkins University (Brookmeyer, R., et al., 2007) estimates the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease will quadruple so that by 2050, 1 in 85 persons worldwide will be living with the disease. And noted in a study by Haltia (2006), tackling obesity is a key factor in modulating Alzheimer’s. Underlying this is a … Continue reading

alzheimer’s

My father spent the last few years of his life crippled by Alzheimer’s. And I would dearly love to prevent you and other people from suffering as he did by taking action to prevent it. Here I describe how Alzheimer’s occurs and how it may be both prevented and treated using integral medical practices. Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

brain health

The brain and nervous tissues are affected detrimentally by saturated fats, animal fats, cholesterol, and transfatty acids and these food sources are associated with impaired mental function. Foods rich in omega 3 are associated with improved mental function Prolonged stress causes impaired memory function (due to the prolonged existence of stress hormones in the brain … Continue reading